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Lecturer, Assistant Director of Choral Programs
Stephen Spinelli is the assistant director of choral programs at Cornell University, where he conducts the Cornell Chorale and Chamber Singers, and is the assistant director of the Glee Club and Chorus. He is also the director of the chancel choir at First Presbyterian Church in Ithaca. Previously he worked at Abington Friends School (Jenkintown, PA) as the director of middle and upper school choirs. Stephen also held positions as the choral director at Philadelphia University and as an assistant conductor for the Pennsylvania Girlchoir. Visiting appointments include Moravian College and Villanova University. Stephen has sung and recorded extensively with the contemporary music choir The Crossing (Philadelphia, PA). He is also the accompanist for the Bennington Voice Workshops in Bennington, VT, and serves on the board of directors of the vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, for whom he assisted in the production of a Grammy Award-winning debut album, as well as their recently Grammy-nominated sophomore album, Render. His research interests include non-Western singing techniques, as well as the development of the Lutheran Cantata. Stephen holds degrees from Williams College (BA, music) and Temple University (MM, choral conducting), and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in choral conducting at Northwestern University.